Life Insurance For Retirement Savings
More Than Just A Death Benefit
You probably have a basic understanding of what precisely life insurance is for. It can help provide for your loved ones when you are no longer here. But, life insurance is about more than just a death benefit. Actually, an indexed universal life (IUL) policy can be utilized as a way for tax-deferred income. Also, an IUL can provide some retirees with a way to keep their assets secure while receiving a reasonable rate of return.* While IULs are not for everyone they are one option retirees can examine.
A second reason some retirees consider IULs is the potential for interest. One example is if you have money that is placed in a money market account or a low-interest CD. In this case, an IUL may be a better option.
Additionally, retirees can use an IUL for potential death benefits. For example, any money left to your beneficiaries is tax-free for the recipient. That is because your money is paid out to them is from the cash value of an insurance policy, not an investment account. Also, with an IUL policy, as your beneficiary, your loved ones will not have to go through probate to gain access to these funds.
At Green Line NW, we know how significant it is to tailor financial products to each individual client. Life insurance and retirement annuities could be part of a retirement planning strategy that is right for you. Reach out to our team today to learn more.
How To Use Life Insurance In Your Retirement Planning Strategy
When it comes to retirement everyone’s situation is unique. It may be worth looking into the specifics of an indexed universal life insurance policy. First off, an IUL offers tax advantages with the potential for tax-free income. It is important to remember that an IUL is an insurance product. That means the premium or the money you have contributed) has a different set of rules than the money you invest in the stock market.
For example, if you already have retirement accounts like a traditional Roth IRA or a 401(k), you pay taxes on withdrawals. Additionally, when you reach a certain age, you are required to withdraw funds and pay those taxes. This is called a Required Minimum Distribution or RMD. If you are searching for a way to convert this money into tax-free money, you may consider an IUL. Specifically, some retirees choose to convert some of their retirement income slowly into an IUL. This way, you may be able to withdraw money from your IUL without paying the income tax on those funds.
Life Insurance For Retirement: What Are The Benefits?
Retirees that use an IUL as part of their retirement strategy can receive many benefits. Many of these benefits can help you during your retirement years like:
- With an IUL policy, you can protect your cash value, even in a down market
- A stock market index provides you with a potential for cash value growth
- You may be able to lock in potential interest
- Potential for choice of the number of indexes you want for your IUL
- The potential for tax-free income
- Principal and interest are available, tax-free
- Flexibility to fund all at once or slowly over time
- No excess fees for pulling money out before age 59½
Life Insurance: Benefits For More Than Just Your Lifetime
Additionally some IUL’s offer some unique benefits where your legacy is concerned. After your death your beneficiaries benefits may include:
- The death benefit may be higher than the premium payments you make
- Tax-free death benefit
- No probate court – the money goes directly to who you want to receive it
- The benefit can be paid overtime or as a lump sum
- Death Benefit can increase of time
- A potential option for using some of the death benefits for chronic or terminal illness
Life Insurance: The Right One For You
It doesn’t matter if you are currently in retirement or are drawing close to retirement age. As we near retirement our needs change and that means so do our investments. Typically, retirees start to seek more secure alternatives for their money, versus having too much potential for risk. Usually, this change applies to life insurance as well. During your working years, you may have had an insurance policy to provide for your family in the event that you couldn’t. Now that you’ve built up savings for your retirement, this might be a secondary goal.
However maintaining, protection for your family is still an important piece of the puzzle. But retirement introduces additional challenges that could impact your initial goals, including tax implications. Meaning that the types of life insurance policies you choose are just as important as ever.
*Reasonable rate of return over time.